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Jun 17, 2019 12:00 AM The great British Tennis Season

The great British Tennis Season I kicked of my tennis season with my annual visit to Queens club in Barons Court.

I had four nice matter to watch: Fernando Verdasco vs Daniel Medvedev, Marin Cillic vs Cristian Garlin, Cameron Norris vs Kevin Anderson, finishing up with Giles Simon vs James Ward.

The two matches with the brits were really great but its just a shame they lost in the end but it was a marvellous day out. We had wall to wall sunshine, which turned out to be the best today of the week.

So from the players I watched at least one of them will make it into the final on Sunday which isn't too bad.

May 27, 2019 12:00 AM Back in ole Blighty

Back in ole Blighty I got back around 11.30 after my flight was delayed, but every thing had run on time. But I didn’t get to sleep until around 3am so the following morning I was exhausted.

I decided I was going to explore a little bit of St Pancras and went to the Renaissance Hotel to marvel at the grand staircase.

However after doing that, I just wanted to sit out side with a drink and enjoy the remaining sunshine.

I definitely was exhausted from all the walking I’d done over the weekend averaging around 30k each day. It’s been a long time since I’d did that.

No more bank holidays and no more plans, oh what is a girl to do....

May 26, 2019 12:00 AM Rinse and repeat

Rinse and repeat Sunday started the same way, headed to breakfast early, back to my room, watched a few plans land while getting ready and listen to some music.

As I didn’t get to see all the sights yesterday, I thought I’d venture up to Moorish Castle and attempt the 45 minute climb. I kept of taking the wrong turning but eventually made it to the castle and the WWII tunnels. As I had already been there yesterday and the guy remembered me he allowed me to visit the castle without paying an additional amount. But instead of going up further, I chose to head back down to town and then onto the beach. This was a better/easier way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I had a late flight back to London and ended up in the lounge on the outdoor veranda watching the sun setting. I know it was completely the wrong time of day, but I enjoyed a little afternoon tea with real clotted cream. It was a very enjoyable way to end a lovely weekend.

May 25, 2019 12:00 AM Exploring the rock

Exploring the rock I got up at 8am and had breakfast, they really put on a good spread. The eggs weren’t great but the Cumberland sausages were perfect.

I went back to my room and chilled. I started watching the airplanes land and take off, which for some reason interested me. Outside of a caribbean island its the first time i’d seen a main road cut across the runway, so yet again somehow I was interested in seeing the traffic lights changed to stop cars and pedestrians and then the yellow ‘vacuum’ cleaner come out and clear the road section from any litter etc, up and down like a snake making sure it was safe to land the plane. I thought that they planes would land in the same direction as I’d come in yesterday, but it was changed. I can only image that the wind was still strong and therefore they could approach from that direction.

When I got tired of that, I headed in to town to climb up the rock. I walked through town and found the tourist office. the person advised that it would take me around 45 minutes to walk up there. I’m thinking in this sun and hot temperatures that didn’t sound fun. So I walked on to the cable car. It cost me £14 for a one way journey and then I purchased a walking ticket to access some of the sights. So in total I spent £19. I was told that the walkers ticket allowed me access all areas but just not inside the relevant attractions. To be fair thats all I really needed. I’m sorry to say but as castle is a castle.

When I got up to the top I was greeted with by a few macaques. They were so accustomed to seeing humans that they didn’t even bat an eyelid when they came too close. A couple of times I did see them go or someone’s bag to find some food or jump on their backs. Luckily it never jumped on mine, but it did approach me while I was eating in a cafe and then went after my apple core after I disposed of it. But to be fair it did not look like they were after fruit, it was more the sweet stuff.

The sights from the rock were great and I had a really clear day. I was even able to see the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. I must have walked around for about 4 hours before heading down.

I started chatting with a Hungarian who offered me a drop back to town and I was only too happy to accept. By the time I got back I was truly exhausted. But it was a great day.

May 24, 2019 12:00 AM Another Bank Holiday

Another Bank Holiday The last bank holiday for a couple of month. In London they say this has no name, but as a child I always remember it as the whitsun bank holiday. Oh how times have changed.
I had an incredible early start, up at 3am at the train station by 4am and at Gatwick by 5am. The only consolation was that I was able to go into the lounge and have breakfast. Somehow free tastes better lol.
My flight was at 7am and was very lucky to get a window seat. I was sat next to a photography so it was nice talking shop to pass away the two hours and 40 minutes flying time.

The only thing was, when we got to Gibraltar there plane couldn’t land. On the first approach as we went to touch down, the pilot took the plane back up into the air. He said as we were about to land the wind coming off the rock had intensified so we went around a second time. As we came into land we pulled up again and the pilot said that the BA flight ahead of us was able to land but the wind wasn’t in our limits to be able to land. He also said that we have had 30 minutes of holding fuel so we shouldn’t worry, well try it one more time and if it doesn’t work we will have to go to Malaga.

Well on the 3rd attempt we landed and a riotous roar erupted in the cabin. I think we were all very happy to land safely. I haven’t had to sit through that in 20 years, it was very scary.

Someone told me that Gibraltar is only 3 miles long and 0.75 miles wide and I haven’t confirmed it was true but it surely appeared this way. As it was only 11am, I crossed the border and walked around in Spain for a bit. I had some lunch in a cafe and then headed back across to Gibraltar and checked into my hotel. Luckily my hotel was only a 15 minute walk away and was the easiest place to get to. This location was really perfect for me.

After taking a shower to cool down and doing some work I headed for the local beach. I was told that there were three sandy beaches and one was only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. It was late in the afternoon by this time so there wasn’t many people around, but this was definitely a local beach. I stayed there as the sun was going down before i started my walk back.

At the base of my hotel was a restaurant so I popped in there for dinner. I ordered a baby pizza for £5.00 which actually surprised me as it wasn’t small at all. But it was delicious. The waiter was encouraging me to only have two toppings, but I chose something off the menu with artichoke and ham etc it was very nice and the base was done to perfection, I definitely have to eat here again. I was very happy that Nunos at the express was just underneath my hotel as the evening was very cold and I was in beachwear.

I went up to my room and watch a movie while listening to some music, it was just such a perfect day. And even though I didn’t end up in a bar or nightclub on a Friday. I was a lovely evening.

May 07, 2019 12:00 AM It’s time to go home....

It’s time to go home.... I had to do some work this morning, so my friend headed out to buy some breakfast and I had peace and quiet to check my emails and get some work down.
I count myself as being very lucky that I’m allowed to work from home or from another location. Not all jobs even in 2019 allow their staff to do that even if nowadays we can work from anywhere.

So after working for a few hours we headed up to castle hill to enjoy the views but in search of the man made waterfall. I had seen most people walking up so had made up my mind that this is what I was going to do, but as I was crossing the road from Promenade des Anglais I noticed the sign for the lift so I went and queued. And what do you know we ended up in the right place without the heavy breathing. We spent hours up there and when we finally came down I just headed to the airport.

I’m thinking I would love to comeback to nice, I’m not sure it will happen but it is a great city to hangout in. I’ve loving the French Riviera.

May 06, 2019 12:00 AM Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival Day 3 and we headed to Cannes. I had the option to take a bus for 1.50 euros but the journey is long as the bus will keep on stopping so its is best to take the train for 4 euros, and from the train station its a short walk down to the coast or to the shopping street.

My friends recommendation was to go and visit the old town and the castle on top the hill. So that where I headed via the harbour. The old town is very picturesque and the views are stunning.

I wish I was into the film festival and being here a few days before it started would have been exciting but as it happened I wasn’t too into it. They were laying fresh sand, and building bars. A complete hive of activity. I did however enjoy walking down La Coisette, I have never seen so many designer shops in one place before. It really was a beautiful setting. The yachting life is amazing if I could go back I would definitely want to be on a yacht.

May 05, 2019 12:00 AM The French Riviera

The French Riviera Not sure why I wasn’t aware how cheap it was to fly between London and Nice. But one of my friends told me how they love going to Nice for the weekend and it made me think finding European places to views before the weather really warms up is harder to find. So Nice sounded just right. While I was checking the temperature the weather was scheduled to be around 20 degrees, but as the time got closer it dropped down to 16. No for me 16 is cold and I packed some warm light clothes. I left my fleece at home but really wish I’d brought.

I was met at the airport with a sign by my travel buddy for a joke. Then took a local bus down town. There were two tourist buses that I could have taken 99 and 98, for 6 euros. I wanted to take the 98 as it drives along the coast so you get lovely views before terminating at the station - Nice-Ville Gare SNCF. But as it happens if we exited the airport via Terminal 1, crossed the car park and onto the main road to the bus stop. I got the 23 for 1.50 euros which dropped me to the exact place we needed to be and still drove along the coastal road. To be fair the airport is only about 20 minutes from the centre of town. We headed back to the apartment for lunch and then for a wander along the promenade des Anglais.

May 05, 2019 12:00 AM F1 Monaco Grand Prix

F1 Monaco Grand Prix After an exhausting day yesterday, I chose to have a quiet morning so ended up leaving the apartment late. As this weekend there was the Nice Marathon there weren’t any buses into Monaco so we took the train. It was a quick trip and only cost 4 euros. One of the benefits for traveling to Monaco in May is that the town is making plans for the Grand Prix. I’m not really into that, but I felt the excitement. We were sightseeing and then came all the keep landmarks that you hear the commenters announce like the hair pin ben, the swimming pool, the tunnel etc. It just felt great to see it all and then hear some of the high performance cars rev their engines as the past while driving the track.

Apr 20, 2019 12:00 AM What to do on a spring day.

What to do on a spring day. I have officially completed my 100 country. No wild celebrations, no exotic locations, just a wonderful trip. I took a trip out of Ljubljana for about 13 euros by bus. The trip took about 40 minutes or so, even though I anticipated it would have been 1.20. Seeing the open countryside as we drove though the country was really pretty and sitting on the right side of the bus ensured good pictures to the towering mountains.

The circuit is 6.5km around the lake and quite a few people chose to cycle around it. But for the first time it felt nicer to to take a little stroll and enjoy the views. There are quite a few places where you can rent a boat and go across to the island.

The return journey was longer as I missed the first bus, which I expect was the express with everyone going direct to Ljubljana but bus I took was the local one, which stopped in all the little towns on route and did take over an hour. But I was happy to do that as the next bus was at 7.30 so to have a 2-hour wait was good.

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